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As so much of interest has hap- 
pened not only in 1975 but also in the 
first few months of 1976, I would like 
to expand the time frame of this an- 
nual report on program to include 
some of the more recent events. Your 
Society has been very active during 
the past year and you should be aware 
of the innovations and changes that 
have taken place. 

Through the work of Bill Thompson 
and the Exhibitions Committee, a 
number of new shows were presented 
in addition to our traditional Rose 
Show, Daffodil Show, Camellia Show, 
and Christmas Fair. Fundamental to 
all of these new exhibitions was a 
belief that joint ventures with similar 
institutions or specialized plant soci- 
eties produced better results both in 
the number of people that would at- 
tend and also in the quality and scope 
of the material presented. We spon- 
sored Design 200, a month long Bi- 
centennial exhibition in cooperation 
with the Home and Garden Guild; 
Japan Days in cooperation with Ike- 
bana International, The Bonsai Study 
Group, and the Northeast Bonsai 
Association, our Christmas Fair with 
the Garden Club Federation of Massa- 
chusetts, and a Begonia Show in co- 
operation with the Buxton Branch of 
the American Begonia Society. We 
also instituted a Vegetable Garden 
Show which was sponsored with the 
Suffolk County 4H program and which 
we hope to expand into a full-fledged 
Fall Harvest Show in 1976. I might add 
that in January of this year we con- 
ducted a most successful joint exhibi- 
tion with the Massachusetts Orchid 
Society where we combined their 
superb exhibit with our Camellia Show 
which drew over 5000 people to Horti- 
cultural Hall. 

Our Spring Flower and Garden 
Show held at the Commonwealth 
Armory had an attendance of over 
94,000 people but this impressive 
figure was again topped this year 
despite a mid-week bout with a persis- 
tent snow storm where just over 
98,000 people attended the exhibition. 
One can not help but think that 1977 
will bring us over that ever elusive 
100,000 mark which we get closer to 
each year. 

Several new programs were intro- 
duced in the library during 1975. Due 
to the popularity of having a lecture 
coordinated with our rare book exhib- 
it, a monthly series of programs was 
established. During the late winter and 
early spring lectures were given prior 
to Symphony on Friday afternoon on a 
number of subjects ranging from Ike- 
bana — The Art of Japanese Flower 
Arranging by Mabel Herweg, to How 
to Attract Birds to your Garden by 
Frances Musgrave of the Audubon 
Society. With the wonderful response 
we received for this program, we de- 
cided to expand our presentation and 
offer a full lunch in addition to the 
lecture. Through the efforts of a com- 
mittee chaired by Mrs. Frederick L. 
Good, three delicious lunches were 
given in the Fall of 1975 with as many 
as 85 people in attendance for each 

Of late, many more people are being 
introduced to the library due to our 
making the reading room available to 
students during evening courses and 
also using this room for large lecture 
courses such as our month long 
Mushroom Series attended by over 100 
people. We are also presenting our 
new authors evenings in the library 
where we invite prominent writers 
such as Dr. Donald Wyman and Tha- 
lassa Crusso to speak on a subject 
related to their most recent publica- 


Last Spring our Society presented a 
joint exhibition with the French Li- 
brary of Boston. This special exhibit 
of botanical books and prints was 
opened with a gala preview party high- 
lighted by an illustrated lecture by 
George Pride on the Exotic Garden of 
Monaco. This marvelous reception 
was given through the patronage of 
her Serene Highness, Princess Grace 
of Monaco. 

As is his custom, Mr. Henry Wend- 
ler continues to provide reliable horti- 
cultural information from the library 
via our "hot line" to hundreds of call- 
ers each week. This source of informa- 
tion still remains one of our most 
important services to our membership 
and the general public. Once again the 
library noted an increase in circulation 
with 5906 books being borrowed by 
our members from 28 states and 4 
foreign countries. 

The two year rare book restoration 
project has nearly reached completion 
with our last shipment of books re- 
cently being restored by the Harcourt 
Bindery of Boston. In support of this 
effort, we were again fortunate in 
receiving a $700 matching grant from 
the Council of Arts and Humanities. 

The consistent increase in our mem- 
bership reflects the growing aware- 
ness of the general public in the value 
of joining as a member of the Horti- 
cultural Society. From December 1973 
to December 1975 we have grown from 
5,719 to 6,442 members. It is with 
particular pleasure that I can now 
report that as of May of this year we 
have broken the 7000 mark which is a 
tribute to our membership secretary 
Margaret Woolley and the conscien- 
tious and professional manner in 
which she manages that department. 
Revenue derived from membership 
has increased by over $5000 in 1975 

making our total income $102,113. 

In trying to make our new members 
feel more welcome we have increased 
the number of new member receptions 
and have recently instituted a free 
members evening program open to the 
full membership which features a 
speaker of importance from the world 
of horticulture. Roy Lancaster was our 
first lecturer and he came to us from 
Hilliers Nursery in England. I might 
add that this lecture was presented in 
cooperation with the Arnold Arbore- 
tum and we hope to continue this joint 
participation in the future. 

The results of our annual appeal for 
this past year reflected an increase of 
$3,100 from the previous year with a 
total of $33,397 being raised through 
donations. Two bequests were also 
received for a total of $14,000 from the 
Estates of Elsie Treat and Jane 

With our concern for keeping Horti- 
cultural Hall as our headquarters in 
Boston, several projects have been 
undertaken to improve the material 
condition of this fine building. A study 
was made by Thomas Rona Associ- 
ates to determine what work was nec- 
essary to insure the structural and 
water tight integrity of the roof. Their 
report confirmed that the roof was 
structurally sound but that repairs had 
to be made to the gutters, parapet, 
and to the struts which connect the 
parapet to the roof itself. This will be a 
significant project when undertaken in 
1976 but the financial constraints have 
been lessened due to our eligibility for 
matching grants from the Federal 
Government. In May of 1975 we were 
successful in our attempt to have 
Horticultural Hall listed on the Na- 
tional Register as an historical land- 
mark. Due to this acceptance, we have 
already been awarded a $10,000 
matching grant to repaint and reglaze 
all the windows and repaint the bal- 
conies of Horticultural Hall. We antici- 
pate doing this work in addition to the 
repairs to the roof during 1976. 

Our concern for building improve- 
ments did not stop, however, with just 
repairs for the exterior. In recognizing 
that our lobby was a very dark and 
foreboding space which offered no 
sense of welcome to our members or 
the general public, we decided to give 
the front entrance a rather extensive 
face lifting. With the design assis- 
tance of John Cunningham from the 
architectural firm of Huygens and 
Tappe, we introduced new lighting, 
glass doors, a proper reception desk, 
fresh paint, and plants throughout the 
lobby. We now have an entrance which 

is far more inviting and particular 
thanks should go to the Gillette Cor- 
poration, Chestnut Hill Garden Club, 
Beacon Hill Garden Club, and the 
numerous other individuals who do- 
nated a total of $18,000 in support of 
this important project. 

Of a less visible nature but certainly 
as important have been the repairs we 
have also made to several of our roof 
drains and the fire escape, the instal- 
lation of a new emergency light sys- 
tem and new doors on the elevator, 
and the repainting of the classroom, 
hallway, and downstairs bathrooms. 
As we are all aware we have a wonder- 
ful building with historical signifi- 
cance and great potential which can 
serve as an excellent home for the 
Society if we are willing to work to 
restore it to its proper condition. 

The Education Department has 
again grown in 1975 both in the size of 
its staff and the number of offerings 
we are presenting to our membership 
and the general public. Through our 
courses and classes we reached nearly 
1000 students of which over 200 were 
non-members. The total number of 
course hours increased from 254 in 
1974 to 308 in 1975. We were particu- 
larly pleased with the development of 
a more comprehensive treatment of 
particular subjects as represented by 
our Horticultural Botany Series and 
our programs on pests and diseases. 

The most exciting educational inno- 
vation has come with the arrival of our 
Plant Mobile. Keying on the success 
of our plant clinics in 1974, we made 
an investment in a Ford van and put 
our program of clinics on the road. 
During the summer we participated 
with the City of Boston in Summer- 
thing and Jamboree where we visited 
over 100 neighborhoods. After the 
completion of this project, we hired 
Mary Stone as the Plant Mobile Coor- 
dinator and since January of this year 
have made 62 presentations through- 
out the greater Boston area. Programs 
have been developed which range from 
puppet shows which explain to chil- 
dren the basic principles of horticul- 
ture to presentations on horticultural 
therapy geared for Senior Citizens. We 
now have a mobile educational unit 
which has generated excellent public- 
ity for the Society, and which has the 
potential of also becoming a profit 
center as well as being an important 
educational service to the public. 

The Taylor Greenhouse in Waltham 
continues to be our most important 
teaching resource available to the 
Education Department. Properly run 
by Eleanor Thatcher, the greenhouse 

still succeeds in operating on a break- 
even basis due to the success of our 
bi-annual plant sales planned and 
executed by Jean Stone and her com- 

In the way of educational offerings 
for children, our ever effective Hub 
Box program continues to train volun- 
teers to teach in the elementary 
schools of the Boston School System. 
Under the leadership of Sylvia Fee and 
the rest of her committee and through 
the financial support of numerous 
garden clubs, we succeeded in train- 
ing 41 new volunteers in 1975 as well 
as 1 2 veterans that returned for the 
refresher course. In addition we have 
recently broken ground in a new area 
of children's education. Through the 
efforts of our coordinator Sandra Hud- 
son, we are attempting to develop an 
accredited course for elementary 
school teachers, thesubject of which 
will be "Plants of Childhood". With 
our commitment to cooperative ven- 
tures and our belief in the interdisci- 
plinary approach to education, we are 
developing this exciting new program 
with members from the Massachu- 
setts Audubon Society, Boston Mu- 
seum of Fine Arts, Museum of Sci- 
ence, New England Aquarium, and 
Musical Resources. We are now in the 
process of program development and 
are scheduled to offer the first full 
course in a college within Massachu- 
setts this coming fall semester. 

In recognizing that there were an 
unlimited number of places of horti- 
cultural interest on this globe, we 
decided to expand the scope of our 
tour offerings and do it in cooperation 
with the Arnold Arboretum. As a result 
of this decision we succeeded in send- 
ing in February a group of 21 people to 
Florida on a plant study tour led by Dr. 
Richard Howard. Another group of 31 
people led by George Pride of the 
Arnold Arboretum and myself is pres- 
ently participating in an eight day tour 
to Monaco with the highlight being 
our attendance at the International 
Flower Show. I might add that there 
was a waiting list of over 45 people for 
this tour which bodes well for future 
joint ventures of this nature. We have 
also continued to offer our local tours 
in the New England area and have 7 
new trips scheduled for 1976. 

It should be noted in conclusion 
that on occasion we have heard the 
chairman of the Education Committee 
say in reference to the Horticultural 
Society that "the joint was really 
beginning to jump". This particular 
statement means a great deal to me as 
activity and real participation by our 

membership and the public has been 
one of our most important goals. The 
staff has worked hard to produce a 
broader spectrum of events and in this 
respect I feel we have been quite suc- 
cessful. A new spirit has been injected 
into the Society and a growing recog- 
nition that we are indeed an educa- 
tional service organization that is 
capable of helping people in a friendly 
yet professional manner. 


Six or seven years ago, the maga- 
zine HORTICULTURE had the dubious 
honor of being the major loss leader 
for the Society, having been primarily 
responsible for the staggering annual 
deficits. Now the situation is reversed, 
with the magazine being a very signifi- 
cant contributor to our greatly im- 
proved financial condition, and pro- 
viding continuing support for various 
programs that are non-profitable. 

For several years, a group of trus- 
tees were activists in wanting to sell or 
merge the magazine, claiming that it 
took too large a percentage of the total 
effort, we were incurring an ever in- 
creasing fulfillment liability, and seri- 
ous questions were raised as to 
whether the Society should be pub- 
lishing a national magazine — in other 
words, the tail was wagging the dog. I 
think all those questions and doubts 
are now laid to rest and the Trustees 
and members are loyal supporters of 
HORTICULTURE. The tail does not 
necessarily wag the dog — it is just 
glad to be part of the overall healthy 

Two years ago last February, Bob 
Fibkins arrived on the scene as our 
in-house publisher — the first in six 
years, and he has been building a new 
staff to produce a better, more profit- 
able magazine with the emphasis on 
bringing experienced, professional 
people. Paul Trachtman, our editor, 
came aboard last summer. Other new- 
comers are Bruce Mcintosh, art direc- 
tor, Connie Clarke, production man- 
ager, Tom Curtin, advertising man- 
ager, Chris Whipple, assistant editor, 
and Prentiss Johnson in circulation. I 
would also like to mention that Ed 
Steffek, our previous editor, retired 
last summer, and this June, Art King, 
our advertising director, will be retir- 
ing after over 20 years of outstanding 
service. By the way, this year's budget 
shows a potential profit for the maga- 
zine of over $140,000 including pro- 
visions for the additional people. 

I am sure that all of you have no- 
ticed the improved content of the 

magazine over the past year, which is 
reflected in our improved renewal rate, 
and our increased circulation, now 
over 150,000 subscribers. 

Perhaps the most significant recog- 
nition of the new HORTICULTURE has 
been the receipt of two awards within 
the past five weeks. HORTICULTURE 
magazine was one of the 200 pieces 
judged worthy of permanent record in 
the annals of New England communi- 
cation. The magazine received an 
award for Distinctive Merit for Cover 
Design for the January 1976 and Sep- 
tember 1975 covers, and recognition 
for Editorial Design for a number of 
issues. The magazine also won a 1976 
National Magazine Award, along with 
JOURNAL. Each magazine received a 
silver plaque and a reproduction of 
Alexander Calder's stabile "Elephant". 
The field HORTICULTURE won in was 
Visual Excellence — "To HORTICUL- 
TURE for accomplishing in 1975, ex- 
tensive and well-considered design 
changes in typography, layout, and 
selection of illustrations which result 
in outstanding visual presentation of 
its specialized material". 

I am proud of the magazine and its 
contribution to the Society, both fi- 
nancially and aesthetically, and on 
behalf of the Publications Committee, 
I wish to thank Bob Fibkins, Paul 
Trachtman and all their associates. 
Respectfully submitted, 
John W. Ewell, Chairman 
Publications Committee 

Library Open 
Wednesday Evenings 

Horticultural Hall will be open for 
the Plant Clinic on Wednesday eve- 
nings in July and August. Therefore 
the Library will also be able to be open 
until 7:00 p.m. these evenings. Do 
come and find food for thought as well 
as for plants! 


1975 was a good year by many stan- 
dards. From the financial point of view 
we had $30,271 excess of revenue over 
expenses. In the last four years we 
have succeeded in saving $235,000 
over our expenses. Actually 1975 was 
the year of these four in which we 
saved the least. This was deliberate. 
Our debt to the bank was paid off, our 
debts to our suppliers were more cur- 
rent, so we felt we could spend some 
money for improvements. Some went 
into this building — visibly in the front 
entrance — less visibly in the roof, 
and there is much more still to do 
here! We also invested in our maga- 
zine, Horticulture, which has been a 
substantial source of revenue for us in 
recent years, with the hope that by 
improving the magazine we could in- 
crease even further its contribution to 
the rest of the Society. The debate 
among the Trustees as to whether we 
should rely so heavily on the magazine 
was prolonged and very strenuous. 

Our budget for 1976 shows $54,000 
excess of revenue over expenses. 

From the point of view of Activities, 
this was a good year. The activities of 
the Society have been greatly expand- 
ed. To give a little perspective, in 1962 
there were only 22 events for our 
members, in 1970 there were 55 such 
events. In 1975 there were about 80 
such activities, plus nearly as many 
plant clinics and trips by the Plant 
Mobile to groups other than our own 
members. I will leave to the report of 
the Executive Director a fuller descrip- 
tion of the improvements and innova- 
tions which have been made in this 
area. I will say that of the lectures I 
personally attended, of the courses I 
have taken, the quality has been very 

The Society was recognized this 
year by some outstanding awards. We 
received an award from the Boston 
Society of Landscape Architects for 
the design of the Spring Show. This 
was almost entirely the work of Bill 
Thompson, who deserves our con- 
gratulations and praise for his efforts. 

We also received for the magazine 
some very flattering awards which Mr. 
Ewell will tell you more about in a few 

As a result of all these good things, 
it is nice to be able to say that mem- 
bership in the Society from a year ago 
until now has increased from 6300 to 
over 7000. 

By all of these criteria, this past 
year has been a good year. 
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FALL 1 976 


Harvest Show: Fall gardens, vegetable 
exhibits, flower arrangements depict- 
ing the textile industry and a formal 
bonsai show. Oct. 14, 15, 16 and 17. 
Admission $1 . 

Christmas Fair: Exhibitions and sale 
of Christmas greens, crafts, decora- 
tions and gifts. Holiday decorating 
with greens and flowers. Refresh- 
ments available. Dec. 2, noon to 7; 
Dec. 3, 1 to 7 ; Dec. 4, 1 to 4. Admis- 
sion $1.75. 

special events 

Forcing Workshop: Allen Haskell, the 
well-known nurseryman, will join us 
for an informal question and answer 
period about forcing plants for bloom. 
This workshop is ideally suited for 
people participating in the Spring 
Flower Show. Bring a sandwich. Bev- 
erages will be provided. Sept. 14 
(Tues.) ; noon to 2 p.m. Advance regis- 
tration required. Free of charge. Horti- 
cultural Hall. 

Plant Sale: A wide assortment of un- 
usual indoor and outdoor plant ma- 
terial available at reasonable prices. 
The Plant Mobile will be on hand to 
advise on gardening questions. Spon- 
sored by the Taylor Greenhouse Com- 
mittee. Sept. 16(Thurs.);10to2. 
Taylor Greenhouse, Waltham. Admis- 
sion 50c at the door. 
Flower Arranging for Everyone: All- 
day workshop to serve as an introduc- 
tion to methods of flower arranging. 
Exhibits, lectures and demonstra- 
tions. The student will make an ar- 
rangement to take home. All materials 
provided. Bring a sandwich. Bever- 
ages will be supplied. Sponsored by 
the Flower Arranging Committee. 
Sept. 21 (Tues.); 10 to 3. Horticultural 
Hall. $8.50 members; $11 nonmem- 

Library Exhibit : Water Color Flower 
Painting: Eudoxia Woodward will dis- 
play some of her work as well as show 
the materials that are used to create 
water color paintings. The month of 

Symphony Lecture/ Luncheon Series: 
Lunch and wine provided. Horticul- 
tural Hall Library at 11 :30 a.m. Over in 
time to go to the Symphony. Series 
price : $1 5 members ; $1 8 nonmem- 

Oct. 8: Irish Gardens by Barbara 

Brooks Walker. 

Nov. 1 2 : Thomas Jefferson and the 

Romantic Landscape by Eleanor M. 


Dec. 3: Gardens of the Pacific by 

Mrs. Erastus Corning. 
Members Reception /Lecture: How 
Plants Get Their Names. Plants are 
named and renamed according to 
formal rules and regulations approved 
internationally by botanists— often to 
the layperson's amusement. Our 
speaker, Morton Loewenthal, will take 
a humorous look at this situation. Oct. 
20 (Wed.). Reception to begin at 4:30. 
Lecture to begin at 6:00. Horticultural 
Hall. Advance registration is required. 
Free of charge for members. 
Lecture: The Philadelphia Flower and 
Garden Show: An illustrated lecture 
on the 1976 show with the main em- 
phasis on the Horticultural Classes for 
individual exhibitors. The speaker, 
Julie Morris, is one of the Pennsyl- 
vania Horticultural Society staff who 
works with the Horticultural Classes 
Committee. Oct. 26 (Tues.); 10:00 
a.m. Horticultural Hall. $3 members; 
$5 nonmembers. 
Library Exhibit: Colonial Garden 
Plants: Dr. Gordon DeWolf will re- 
create the cultivated plant material of 
this time through a display of english 
herbals, early gardening books and 
catalogues along with recent works. 
The month of November. 


Edible Plants: This expertly illustrated 
course will stress the identification of 
the more readily available edible 
plants growing wild in the New Eng- 
land area as well as their modus prep- 
arandi. Sept. 15, 22, 29 (Wed.); 7 to 9. 
Horticultural Hall. Albert Bussewitz. 
$12 members; $18 nonmembers. 
Basic Indoor Gardening: An introduc- 
tory and comprehensive course for the 
serious indoor gardener. Topics to be 
discussed include: light (both natural 
and artificial), humidity, temperature, 
watering, soils, fertilizing, and pest 
and disease control. As a special fea- 
ture, there will be propagation work- 
shops in which the student will not 
only learn to plant seeds and take cut- 
tings but will also have the oppor- 
tunity to increase his plant collection. 
Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7, 21 (Thurs.); 7 
to 9. Horticultural Hall. Fred Ritzau. 
$20 members ; $25 nonmembers. 
Canning, Preserving and Pickling: A 
practical course in the basic methods 
of home canning, preserving and 
pickling. The students will make pre- 
serves and jellies, canned vegetables 
and fruits, and sweet and dill pickles 
to take home with them. Food and 
equipment will be supplied. (A $7.50 
materials charge is part of the fee.) 
Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1,8 (Fri.); 10 to 
noon. Horticultural Hall. Julie Stone. 
$26 members; $31 nonmembers. 
Where to Begin as a New Gardener: 
Orientation for the novice outdoor gar- 
dener with special reference to au- 
tumnal procedures. Taught in the in- 
structor's garden. Sept. 21 , 28, Oct. 5, 
12, 19 (Tues.); 10 to noon. Newton 
Highlands. Elinore Trowbridge. $25 
members ; $30 nonmembers. 
Practical Gardening I: Fall work, 
bulbs, soil and propagation will be 
taught in the instructor's garden. 
Bring a sandwich. Beverages will be 
provided. Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7 (Thurs.) ; 
1 to 3. Dover. Kathryn Taylor. $30 
members ; $36 nonmembers. 

Woody Plants for the Landscape : A 

look at trees and shrubs that grow in 
city parks and gardens with an eye to- 
ward residential landscaping. Sept. 
23, 30, Oct. 7, 14(Thurs.);4to6. 1st 
meeting : entrance to the Mt. Auburn 
Cemetery. Dr. Gordon DeWolf. $20 
members; $24 nonmembers. 
Photography Workshop: A day in the 
field with a professional protograph- 
er/naturalist. Previous knowledge of 
photography is helpful. Bring your 
equipment and a sandwich. Beverages 
will be provided. Oct. 2 (Sat.); 10 to 3. 
Raindate Oct. 3. Arnold Arboretum. 
Albert Bussewitz. $6 members ; $8 

Woody Plant Propagation: An illus- 
trated lecture explaining all phases of 
woody plant propagation. Oct. 5 
(Tues.) ; 7:00 p.m. Horticultural Hall. 
Albert Fordham. $4 members; $5 non- 

Mushrooms: An introduction to the 
common New England mushrooms. Il- 
lustrated lectures, workshops and a 
field trip will acquaint the student with 
methods of identification and cook- 
ery. Oct. 6, 20, 27, Nov. 3 (Wed.) ; 7 to 
9;Oct. 17(Sat.);10to noon field trip. 
Horticultural Hall. Margaret Lewis. 
$20 members ; $25 nonmembers. 
Greenhouse Gardening I: Essential 
factors for healthy plant growth in a 
small greenhouse. Oct. 12, 19, 26, 
Nov. 2 (Tues.) ; 10 to noon ; Nov. 9 
(Tues.) ; 10 to 3 field trip. Taylor 
Greenhouse. Kathryn Taylor. $30 
members ; $36 nonmembers. 
Flower Arranging: A beginner's course 
stressing techniques, mechanics, and 
design. Basic plant material provided. 
A supply list will be furnished upon 
registration. Oct. 13, 20, 27 (Wed.); 
5:30 to 7:30. Horticultural Hall. Flower 
Arranging Committee. $12 members; 
$18 nonmembers. 

Begonias: The cultural requirements 
and propagation techniques of this 
diverse family of exotic plants will be 
examined. Oct. 28 (Thurs.) ; 10 to noon 
OR 7 to 9. Horticultural Hall. Corliss 
Engle. $4 members ; $5 nonmembers. 
Water Color Flower Painting Work- 
shop: A general course in water color 
technique, using flowers that are 
available in the greenhouse as the 
subjects. Their form, color and the 
process of making a personal inter- 
pretation will be considered. There 
will be instruction in the mixing of 
colors, the use of brushes, composi- 
tion and design, and the exploration of 
various types of paper. A previous 
knowledge of painting or drawing is 
desirable. A list of suggested mate- 
rials will be furnished upon registra- 

tion. Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18 (Thurs.); 
9 :30 to 1 2 :30. Taylor Greenhouse. Eu- 
doxia Woodward. $20 members ; $28 

Pests and Diseases— Woody Orna- 
mentals: A consideration of insect and 
disease problems related to woody or- 
namentals. Controls and their usages 
will be recommended. This course is 
intended for the home gardener. In- 
formal discussions and workshop ap- 
proach using microscopes for detailed 
study. Handbook will be provided. 
Nov. 1 , 8, 22, 29 (Mon.) ; 7 to 9 OR 
Nov. 2, 9, 23, 30 (Tues.) ; 9 :30 to 1 1 :30. 
Suburban Experiment Station, Wal- 
tham. Herbert Fordham, Elsie Cox. 
$20 members ; $28 nonmembers. 
Contemporary Flower Arranging : 
Techniques, mechanics and design 
will be emphasized with suggestions 
for incorporating household and 
woodland objects into floral arrange- 
ments. Basic plant material provided. 
A supply list will be furnished upon 
registration. Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 (Tues.) ; 
9:30 to 12:30. Newton. Natalie Wolf. 
$20 members ; $28 nonmembers. 
Ikebana, Japanese Flower Arranging : 
In this beginner's course featuring the 
Sogetsu School, the upright and 
slanting styles will be taught. Plant 
material provided. A supply list will be 
furnished upon registration. Nov. 3, 
10, 17 (Wed.); 9:30 to 12:30. Dedham. 
Mabel Maria' Herweg. $15 members; 
$21 nonmembers. 

Ikebana, Japanese Flower Arranging: 
In this beginner's course featuring the 
Sogetsu School, the upright and 
slanting styles will be taught. Plant 
material provided. A supply list will be 
furnished upon registration. Nov. 3, 
10,17 (Wed.) ; 5 :30 to 7 :30. Horti- 
cultural Hall. Mabel Maria' Herweg. 
$12 members; $18 nonmembers. 
Horticultural Botany Series: Designed 
to expand the gardener's understand- 
ing of the plant world. The series will 
be held at the Margaret C. Ferguson 
Greenhouses of Wellesley College. 
Package price : $1 25 members ; $1 65 
Basic Botany I: Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 
2,9, 16 (Thurs.); 7 to 9 OR Nov. 5, 
12,19, Dec. 3, 10, 17 (Fri.) ; 10 to 
noon. Dr. Harriet Creighton. $36 
members ; $48 nonmembers. 
Basic Taxonomy: Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26, 
Feb. 2, 9 (Wed.) ; 7 to 9 OR Jan. 6, 

13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10 (Thurs.) ; 10 to 
noon. Dr. Gustav Mehlquist. $36 
members ; $48 nonmembers. 
Indoor Horticulture: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 
27, Feb. 3 (Thurs.) ; 7 to 9 OR Jan. 7, 

14, 21 , 28, Feb. 4 (Fri.) ; 10 to noon. 
William Joseph Jennings. $30 mem- 

bers ; $40 nonmembers. 
Basic Botany II: Feb. 24, March 3, 
10,17,24, 31 (Thurs.); 7 to 9 OR 
Feb. 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr. 1 
(Fri.); 10 to noon. Dr. Harriet 
Creighton. $36 members ; $48 non- 

Plant Identification: Apr. 28, May 5, 
12, 19 (Thurs.); 6 to 8 OR Apr. 29, 
May6, 13, 20 (Fri.) ; 10 to noon. Dr. 
Harriet Creighton. $24 members; 
$32 nonmembers. 
Colonial Garden Plants: Always the 
same, yet forever new— fashions in 
plants and gardens are constantly 
changing. Many of the garden plants 
of Colonial New England are still with 
us. Some are cultivated as they have 
been for centuries. Others are to be 
found along roadsides and around old 
cellar holes. The New England door- 
yard garden, the English Cottage Gar- 
den, and the stately herbaceous bor- 
der are intrinsically related. Nov. 17 
(Wed.); 10:30 a.m. Horticultural Hall. 
Dr. Gordon DeWolf. $4 members ; $5 

Find and Design Dried Flowers: Here 
is an opportunity to make an arrange- 
ment from dried flowers of field and 
garden for your Thanksgiving table. 
Plant material provided. A supply list 
will be furnished upon registration. 
Nov. 19(Fri.);9:30to12:30. Dedham. 
Mabel Maria' Herweg. $7 members; $9 


Worcester Tour: An all-day bus tour to 
Worcester. An opportunity to visit pri- 
vate city and country gardens, the 
Worcester Horticultural Hall and the 
opening of the Dahlia Show. Bring a 
sandwich. Beverages will be supplied. 
Guide: Mrs. Harlan T. Pierpont. Sept. 
16 (Thurs.) ; bus to leave Horticultural 
Hall at 8:45 a.m. Expected return 5 
p.m. $9 members; $12 for their guests. 
Gleaning in the Cranberry Bogs of 
East Sandwich : A bus tour to Cran- 
berry Bogs, where the morning will be 
spent picking cranberries to take 
home. Our hosts are Dr. and Mrs. 
Chester Cross. Dr. Cross will give a 
lecture during lunch. There will be a 
nature walk in the afternoon. Bring a 
sandwich and a basket for the cran- 
berries. Beverages will be provided. 
Oct. 5 (Tues.), raindates Oct. 6 and 7. 
Bus to leave Horticultural Hall at 8:45 
a.m. Expected return 5 p.m. $9 mem- 
bers, $12 for their guests. 

(continued from page 3) 

As for the future, there are three 
points I would like to recommend for 
particular consideration. I believe we 
are on the right course and should 
continue to increase our cooperation 
and communication with the other 
plant societies; we should structure 
our courses to lead to a degree or cer- 
tificate in horticulture that is acknowl- 
edged and recognized; we should 
increase the usage of this building 
with more shows, better lecture facili- 
ties and at some time a store. 

There are a number of people who 
are leaving us at this time who have 
worked very hard for this Society. 

Roger Cheever, our Executive Direc- 
tor, last winter announced his desire 
to return to Harvard for his degree in 
Landscape Architecture. He will be 
leaving at the end of June. 

Roger, in the year and a half he has 
been here, has accomplished many 
things. He felt strongly about advanc- 
ing the educational aspects of this 
Society and as a result we have made 
great strides in this direction. I am 
sure he will continue this interest and 
the Horticultural Society will be 
among the beneficiaries of his efforts. 

Mrs. John Storey is leading a com- 
mittee of five trustees in search of a 
new director. The person for whom we 
are looking should have proven experi- 
ence in finance, administration, com- 
munication and marketing and be able 
effectively to organize and run all the 
various activities of the Society. If he 
or she should also be an expert horti- 
culturalist, that would indeed be per- 
fect. With the help of a professional 
executive search firm Mrs. Storey's 
committee has already interviewed 
some candidates and will soon be 
interviewing others. 

Others who have gone off the Board 
are Mrs. Derderian, who resigned last 
fall because she was away so much of 
the time that she felt she could not be 
an effective member. Mr. Coggeshall 
is leaving after serving well as Chair- 
man of the Committee on Prizes. Mr. 
Ewell served for several years as Trea- 
surer and then as Chairman of the 
Publications Committee. He has been 
a very active and hard working member 
of this Board. I am sure that he will 
continue his interest in this Society 
and in Horticulture magazine. Mr. 
Ames is leaving the role of active Trus- 
tee to become an honorary Trustee. He 
was elected Assistant Treasurer in 
1957. He became Acting President in 
1966 and was President from 1969 to 
1971 . He has devoted many years of 
dedicated service to this Society and 

deserves our sincerest thanks for his 

During the year five new members 
were elected to the Board of Trustees: 

Mrs. Josiah H. Child 
Mr. I. W. Colburn 
Mr. W. Robert Mill 
Mr. Ernest Frawley 
Dr. Harriet Creighton 

And at the Trustees' meeting earlier 
this afternoon we also elected: 

Mr. Alexander Heimlich 
Mr. James Crockett 
Mrs. Natalie Wolfe 
Mr. Davis Dassori 

I am sure that each of these mem- 
bers will make significant contribu- 
tions to the Board and to this Society. 

The new officers elected at the Trus- 
tees' meeting are: 

Mrs. John Storey, President 
Mr. Frederick L. Good, Treasurer 
Mr. W. Robert Mill, Wee 

Mr. Rodney Armstrong, Vice 

Mr. Edward N. Dane, Secretary 
Mr. Kennett Burnes, Clerk 

I have every confidence that this 
new administration will lead the Soci- 
ety to a position of greater influence, 
greater authority, and greater useful- 
ness to its members and to the com- 

I would like now to express my 
thanks so genuinely deserved to the 
staff, the Trustees, and those interest- 
ed friends who have been responsible 
for what success we have had in the 
last two years. 

Thank you. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Willard P. Hunnewell 
May 3, 1976 

1975 Garden Awards 

Special A wards of Merit — 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ross, Nonquitt 
Mr. and Mrs. Julian Underwood, 

Garden Certificate — 

Mr. and Mrs. Foster Trainer, 

Wakefield A ward for the Small 
Garden — 

Dr. and Mrs. Edward H. Robertson, 

Silver Medal — 

Dr. and Mrs. Greer McBratney, 
South Dartmouth 

Gold Medal — 
Allen C. Haskell, New Bedford 

Officers and 
Trustees 1976-1977 


Mrs. John C. Storey — President 
W. Robert Mill — Wee President 
Rodney Armstrong — Wee President 
Frederick L. Good, III — Treasurer 
Edward N. Dane — Secretary 
Kennett Burnes — Clerk 


Mrs. Stephen Bobo 
Mrs. Josiah H. Child 
I. W. Colburn 
Dr. Harriet B. Creighton 
James Underwood Crockett 
F. Davis Dassori, Jr. 
Mrs. Ralph P. Engle 
Ernest D. Frawley 
John W. Goodrich 
ErikH. Haupt 
Mrs. Hugh Hencken 
Alexander I. Heimlich 
Joseph Hudak 
Willard P. Hunnewell 
Mrs. Robert C. Knowles 
Joseph W. Lund 
Edward H. Osgood 
George H. Pride 
Edward L. Stone 
Mrs. Henry S. Stone 
John L. Wacker 
Mrs. Samuel Wolcott 
Mrs. Leo E. Wolf 


Oliver F. Ames 
Harold D. Stevenson 
Dr. Donald Wyman 

1975 Exhibition 

The John S. Ames Trophy — 
Allen C. Haskell 

The Albert C. Burrage Gold Vase — 
The Stone Acacias 





Mrs. John C. Storey, Chairman 

Rodney Armstrong 

Kennett Burnes 

Edward N. Dane 

Mrs. Ralph P. Engle 

Ernest D. Frawley 

Frederick L. Good, III 

Willard P. Hunnewell 

Mrs. Robert C. Knowles 

W. Robert Mill 


Frederick L. Good, III, Chairman 

Rodney Armstrong 

Kennett Burnes 

Joseph W. Lund 

Edward H. Osgood 

W. Robert Mill 

Mrs. John C. Storey 


Mrs. Robert C. Knowles 
Mrs. Charles F. Batchelder 
George H. Pride 
James Sutherland 


Erik H. Haupt, Chairman 
Kennett Burnes 
I. W. Colburn 
John Cunningham 
John W. Goodrich 
Mrs. John C. Storey 
Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott 


Mrs. Robert C. Knowles, Chairman 

I.W. Colburn 

Mrs. Kempton C. Churchill 

Mrs. Dudley B. Dumaine, Jr. 

Mrs. Ralph P. Engle 

John W. Goodrich 

Alexander I. Heimlich 

Mrs. John Herweg 

Mrs. Henry S. Stone 

John L. Wacker 

Mrs. Leo E. Wolf 


Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott, Chairman 
Edward N. Dane 
F. Davis Dassori, Jr. 
George H. Pride 
John L. Wacker 


Mrs. Josiah H. Child, Chairman 
-Edward N. Dane 
Alexander I. Heimlich 
Joseph Hudak 
Mrs. Leo E. Wolf 


Ernest D. Frawley, Chairman 
Dr. Harriet B. Creighton 
James Underwood Crockett 
John W. Ewell 
Frederick L. Good, III 
Mrs. Hugh Hencken 


Rodney Armstrong, Chairman 

Roger P. Cheever 

Dr. Harriet B. Creighton 

Robert D. Hale 

Mrs. Hugh Hencken 

Charles W. Pierce, Jr. 

Mrs. Henry S. Stone 


George H. Pride, Chairman 
Mrs. Stephen Bobo 
Mrs. Josiah H. Child 
Dr. Harriet B. Creighton 
F. Davis Dassori, Jr. 


Edward N. Dane, Chairman 
Kennett Burnes 
Mrs. Ralph P. Engle 
Mrs. Henry S. Stone 
Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott 
Mrs. Stephen Bobo 


Edward N. Dane, Chairman 
Rodney Armstrong 
Kennett Burnes 
Mrs. Josiah H. Child 
Mrs. Samuel H. Wolcott 


Mrs. Ralph P. Engle, Chairman 
Dr. Harriet B. Creighton 
Joseph Hudak 
Mrs. John Hudson 
Mrs. Robert C. Knowles 
Mrs. Morgan H. Plummer 
Mrs. Henry S. Stone 


W. Robert Mill, Chairman 
F. Davis Dassori, Jr. 
Willard P. Hunnewell 
Mrs. John C. Storey 
John L. Wacker 

New Director 

The Board of Trustees has the plea- 
sure of announcing the appointment 
of Clifford deBaun of Milton as Ex- 
ecutive Director of the Society. 

He is a graduate of Dartmouth in 
Public Administration and Naval Engi- 
neering with a Certificate of Studies 
from the State University of New York 
in site planning, construction engineer- 
ing, and horticulture. He has a varied 
and interesting work experience com- 
bining his long-standing horticultural 
interest with a very successful busi- 
ness career in the real estate field. Clif- 
ford deBaun founded a nursery and 
landscape design business in 1952. 

He worked for 3 years as a project 
coordinator for Skidmore, Owings, 
and Merrill where he initiated the con- 
cept of land planning for industrial 
parks. After 4 years as Administrative 
Manager of Curtis and Davis Archi- 
tects and Engineers, he was Chief of 
Project Management for Charles Luck- 
man and Associates in charge of the 
Boston Office, for the construction of 
the Prudential Complex. He also ini- 
tiated the development of a planning, 
architectural and engineering office 
for the design and construction of ma- 
jor hospitals and commercial projects. 

As general managing partner in 
Synergetics Develpment Company, he 
is the Director of Operations for urban 
renewal parcels, environmental impact 
reports, site planning, marketing, 
public relations, and presentations to 
tenants, agencies, and the media. He 
coordinates 20 groups: financial, 
legal, planning and governmental to 
achieve profit objectives. 

He founded Trees for Boston, was 
chairman of Milton Conservation 
Committee, member of the Back Bay 
Association, V.P. of the Boston Archi- 
tectural Commission, and member of 
the Save the Elms Committee. 

We feel that in addition to his man- 
agerial, financial, marketing and pub- 
lic relations abilities, he will bring a 
mixture of objectivity and commit- 
ment to this job. He has had enough 
of the New York experience to con- 
vince him that Boston is a city of the 
size and tempo that he wants. Having 
achieved success in his business 
career, at the age of 55 he intends to 
devote the balance of his working life 
to the pursuit of his cultural interests. 


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